Anatomy of the breast: An Introduction

The breasts are specialized organs, which are located on the anterior chest wall. The female breast is more developed than the male breast, as its primary function is to produce milk for the nutrition of the infant and baby. Female breasts are rarely symmetrical. In most cases, a breast is usually slightly larger or smaller, higher or lower, or of a different shape to the other side. Female breasts contain different types of fatty, fibrous, and glandular tissue. Glandular tissue includes the breast lobes and breast ducts fibrous, or supportive or connective, tissue is the same tissue that ligaments and scar tissue are made of fatty tissue fills in the spaces between glandular and fibrous tissue and largely determines your breast size.

Breast Anatomy

Self-Awareness about breast and its development

The female breast has been a matter of debate for more years than most people can remember. There has been a lot of talk about the breast and the way that it conforms to certain ideas that are founded by men in this world. Sure, the idea of breasts is nice and people take great pleasure in them but that is not the entire concept that needs to be understood. For the most part, there are things about the breast that many people, including women, have no idea about. And if even if they know something it is mostly related to myths and misleading information. They are just under the fundamental impression that all breasts are created the same and there is no need to worry about them. Well, that is until the breast has something wrong with it of course. Then the people want to know all they can about the breast and the way that it works. Well, why not learn beforehand that way you can head off any problems before they come about. This is the idea behind the early prevention of such things as breast cancer. If all women keep a habit of indulging in gaining knowledge about breasts and their development from a young age then it would help them out with their insecurities, will bust all the myths they have in their minds, and will help them to detect any issue or problem like breast cancer at an early stage. 

If you are familiar with your body and the amount of knowledge you have about it then you are going to be much better off. Sadly this is not the way that a lot of people think and they spend all of their days working towards the kind of knowledge about other things that do not matter. Many people feel that they don’t need to learn about such stuff or are shy enough which keeps them in dark. If you are a woman then you should know all there is to know about breasts and the way they should look and feel when put under scrutiny. The largest part of the breast is made up of fatty tissue. This is common and there is nothing you can do about it. It is not the kind of fat that you get when you eat too much but the kind that you are born with and that grows and shrinks naturally as time goes on. Inside the breast and the fatty tissue are the muscles that are attached to the breast. This has nothing to do with any kind of movement, because the breasts can not move on their own, but instead part of the chest cavity. This works with your breathing and so on and also helps to support the weight of the breasts as they pull down on the chest. Located in the breast’s fatty and fibrous tissue are 15 to 20 glands called lobes, each of which has many smaller lobules, or sacs, that produce milk. Lobules are arranged in clusters, like bunches of grapes
Entwined throughout the fatty tissue are the milk ducts that carry the milk to the nipple. These are the areas where milk from the breast will travel when the woman is pregnant and producing the milk production for the child that is getting ready to be born. In most cases, these ducts remain active but not productive throughout the life of the woman. Milk is generally only produced when the woman is pregnant even though there have been cases of non-pregnant milk production. This can lead to a severe reaction that will cause a lot of problems for the woman. That is why doctors will give the woman a shot if she is not planning on breastfeeding to dry the milk up.

Breast Cancer and its effects on the anatomy of the breast

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast. Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control. This can be detected through various procedures such as breast exams, mammograms, breast ultrasounds, breast MRI,s, etc. One of the most common symptoms of breast cancer is the sudden growth of breasts. This may not always be true and many times this is perfectly normal but if this happens a woman should immediately consult a doctor or an expert.
Breast cancers can start from different parts of the breast. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple (ductal cancers). Some start in the glands that make breast milk (lobular cancers). A mammogram is one of the most effective methods to detect breast cancer at an early stage. While more women are at risk of getting breast cancer more and more methods are invented to detect cancer at an early stage and prevent its spread. With technological advancements nowadays cancer can be cured even if it is detected at a late stage. There are many treatment options available for curing breast cancer such as Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Hormone Therapy, Breast Cancer SurgeryTargeted / Biologics Therapy. 
The post-surgery effects of breast cancer vary from patient to patient. While many of the patients did not complain about anything, some patients do face severe side effects. These side effects include loss of appetite, nausea & vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, weight loss, early menopause, etc. While some of these side effects can be treated with medication some of them are not curable for a lifetime. One can surely reduce its impact by following certain therapies and limit the impact.

Conclusion: Precaution is better than cure

While breast anatomy usually talks about the structure, development, and performance of the breast, getting proper knowledge about this topic since an early stage benefits the concerned one. All women should take proper precautions so that they can avoid any risk of getting breast cancer or any other hygiene-related issues. As we know that the impact of breast cancer is severe and it can affect the breast anatomy one should always remember the old proverb that precaution is better than cure. Taking necessary precautions for healthy hygiene is a much smart decision as compared to taking treatment for cancer. 

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